Diversity Leadership Award 2015

The 2015 Alberta Human Rights Commission Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction was awarded to two Alberta organizations, Prospect Human Services and Westcan Bulk Transport, for their efforts in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. Along with other Alberta Business Awards of Distinction recipients, they were honoured at an awards event in Leduc, Alberta on February 27, 2015.

Prospect is a human services company specializing in helping people from marginalized populations who are unemployed and underemployed. Prospect has worked to create a diverse and inclusive workplace which has involved incorporating these values throughout their organization, including into their corporate statements, cultural design and infrastructure and within their leadership and management practices.

Prospect has taken steps to realign their recruitment practices, policies and procedures to ensure that staff needs are accommodated and that they have effective communication throughout the organization. Their organization reflects the diversity and needs of their clients, which has enabled greater understanding and has helped reduce barriers. Prospect was also nominated for the 2015 Marketing Award of Distinction sponsored by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.

Westcan has taken an innovative approach to dealing with worker shortages. In a typically male-dominated industry, Westcan has taken steps to ensure that four underrepresented groups-women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities-are equitably represented at all occupational levels within their workforce.

Westcan examined their recruitment and employment practices, processes and policies to ensure that they were clear, concise and discrimination-free, and they established an Employment Equity Committee, training programs, a Novice Driver Program, an apprenticeship program, new partnerships to enable the recruitment of more diverse candidates, and mechanisms to communicate these initiatives throughout the company. Westcan focuses on work/life balance and has implemented supports that allow for flexibility to meet work and family commitments.

Prospect and Westcan have both shown leadership in embracing diversity in their workforce, encouraging respect and inclusion, and working toward eliminating discrimination and barriers to fair employment practices.

Other finalists of the Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction, also recognized for their efforts in building diverse and inclusive workplaces, included Aerotek and the City of Calgary.

Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, with Melanie Mitra, Chief Executive Officer, Prospect Human Services.

Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, with Zoe LeParque, Communications Associate, Westcan Bulk Transport.

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